Cancelled - Eucharist Presence Mediality part 1

Updated: about 1 month ago


When government restrictions following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic shut down public religious services in Denmark and in the rest of the world, the use of digital and analogue media (live stream, zoom, traditional TV and radio) in order to transmit religious services increased rapidly on every continent. In the context of the Danish Lutheran Church, the important question arose, whether the Lord's Supper can be legitimately celebrated online, in the sense that people consume bread and wine at home, which has been consecrated in an electronically mediated way. The question is not new, but has sporadically been discussed in relation to services broadcasted on TV and radio. During the spring 2020 lockdown, however, this important theological and
pastoral question gained a pressing actuality, and especially Protestant denominations worldwide are discussing the issue. A range of important dogmatic topics are related to the question: What is a sacrament? What does the materiality of the sacrament mean? What is the importance of the physically gathered community as the context for the celebration of the Eucharist? Is it possible and to which degree to mediate materiality and community digitally?
This PhD course falls in two parts, which will address the questions raised above. Each of the parts consists in an international workshop (day one) and a subsequent exclusive PhD reading class (day two). This first part is in Danish and will address the question in a Scandinavian Lutheran context (the workshop will be in Danish/Norwegian/Swedish).
The second part (March 2021) will be in English and will take an international ecumenical approach. Both workshops and PhD reading classes are arranged by a project group under LUMEN: Center for the Study of Lutheran Theology and Confessional Societies and associate professor Jakob Egeris Thorsen, who will address the dogmatic, liturgical and media-theoretical questions that a digital Eucharist raises from both a Scandinavian Lutheran and an international ecumenical perspective.


In the first part, the participants will increase their knowledge about sacramental and liturgical theology in a Evangelical-Lutheran Scandinavian context and increase their ability to relate these traditions to contemporary questions and contexts. They will gain insight in sociology and media theory and be able to relate these theories to questions within systematic and practical theology.


350 pages, exact titles follow on November 15th
Authors: Hartmut Rosa, Andreas Lieberoth, Martin
Wendte, Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht, Ronald F. Thiemann,
Niels Henrik Gregersen, Bo Kristian Holm, Jette Bendixen Rønkilde

Target group:

PhD students within the field of systematic and practical theology.




1,5 ECTS


Bo Kristian Holm
Jette Bendixen Rønkilde
Jakob Egeris Thorsen

Dates and time:

15-16 December 2020
Workshop: Tuesday, December 15th 2020, from 10 am to 5 pm
PhD reading class: Wednesday, December 16th 2020, from 8 am to 14 pm.


Will be annonced later. Online participation will be available.

Application deadline:

Please apply on this link  no later than15 November 2020

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